E3 2008: Sim Animals First Look

It's bear cub meets squirrel meets fox in EA's upcoming kid-friendly Sim life game for the Wii and DS.

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Let's see, we've had SimCity, SimEarth, SimAnt, SimLife, SimFarm, SimTower, SimSafari, and a bunch more Sim games over the years. So what's next? If you guessed SimContrabass Quartet, SimSylvester Stallone, or SimCrime of Passion you are incorrect. However, if you happened to say "Sim Animals" then take a moment to shake your own hand, sir or madam, because you are correct! The game, which was the first shown during today's EA E3 press conference looks to continue the remarkable success of the life-emulating series with a game devoted entirely to the animal world.

The world of Sim Animals will be, obviously, inhabited by furry creatures everywhere, and, as producers pointed out during the demo, some of them will be friendly, whereas others...not so much. During the trailer shown for the game, we were introduced to an adorable bear cub that was hanging out with his mom and dad. Soon, the cub met a friendly squirrel and the two started to frolic, like fake animals of entirely different species tend to do. Interrupting all the fun was a wicked-looking fox who looked an order of magnitude scarier than any fox we've ever seen.

Pretty soon, the fox was hassling the bear cub and the squirrel, which was where you got to see a hint of how Sim Animals will play. Like many EA games shown off during today's press conference, the heads-up display elements in Sim Animals are minimal. However, you will have control over the world. In the demo example, the "player" used the in-game hand tool (which you'll likely control with the Wii Remote or DS stylus) to remove a tree to give the bear cub an escape route from the fox. When the fox foiled, the cub and the squirrel were reunited, so it was time for more frolicking. Wheeee.

With a clean AI and simple-to-learn play style, Sim Animals looks to be a family-friendly game that will appeal to animal lovers. The game is due for release in January 2009 on the Nintendo Wii and DS. We'll have more on the game as we follow its progress.

Discussion

18 comments
claire9426
claire9426

ughh you idiots stop saying how this game is gonna be crap. its targeting towards kids 3 and up...morons :/

lonewolf1196
lonewolf1196

at first i thought this would be great but...... I think ill stick to deadly creatures for the wii

NA3D
NA3D

This is the start of EA raping the Maxis/Sims branding. Well, SimCity Societies was actually the official start, but some people actually enjoyed that game. This is the first raw proof of it. Maybe they will just stop production now, and not waste their time or money on this project since there is such a wide dislike about the idea of this game.

grambyte
grambyte

Yea that's what we need... more sims.... sigh

Agulf
Agulf

... SimAnt? There's a ... Sim... Ant? What the ... So when is EA making the ultimate sim game when all these things come together? I'd play that.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

too many sim games, I got bored after sim city 3000

1005
1005

Sims Animals sounds a little....crap to be honest. Doubt i'll be buying this lol

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Everybody who bought Nintendogs could be interested in this game.

Sharvie
Sharvie

Another game for casual gamers. I'd imagine my 7 year old cousin will be buying this for her DS.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Sims animals? Sounds a little to out there for my tastes.

carstairs
carstairs

Will the game have enough content? Programming all the animals will take a lot of space without compromises...

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

^ That's my thoughts exactly. Seems to me like Nintendogs after all

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

Brian - I am sorry you got stuck with reporting on Sim Animals.. really. However, the game does look to shape up quite well. This reminds me of.. well what was the game where you took care of this weird animal alien thing? Its a side view "2D" game; came out in early 2000-2001? Darn. Well anyways thank you for the preview.